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Capricious Weather Tempered by Open House Excitement
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Ambassador Stephanie E. Falcone spreads the word on social media.

Saturday’s biting breeze and snowy commute confirmed it: It’s still March in Pennsylvania! Far more predictable was what campus visitors found all day at Penn College’s Spring Open House, as helpful and personable students, employees and alumni encouraged potential enrollees and other visitors to explore a national leader in applied technology education.

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College Well-Represented at East Coast Karate Tourney

The Penn College Shotokan Karate Club had a very successful weekend at the East Coast Collegiate Karate Union camp and tournament at West Chester University. After five and a half hours of rigorous training over two days, the students still had enough energy to capture many places during the tournament. Alexander J. Hilton, Carlos A. Ramos-Sonera and Alton J. “A.J.” Hinson joined team members from West Chester, the College of William and Mary, and Drexel and Bucknell universities for the camp. Ramos-Sonera and Hinson took first and third places, respectively, in both kata (forms) and kumite (sparring). In addition, Hilton brought home first places in kata and kumite in the intermediate division. The club remains busy preparing for its belt promotion, to be held April 25 at Penn College.

College’s First ‘Wildcat Egg Hunt’ Delivers Age-Appropriate Fun

Donning rabbit ears and carrying a basket of treats, the Wildcat easily attracts some young friends.

Donning rabbit ears and carrying a basket of treats, the Wildcat easily attracts some young friends.

Shortly after a horn signaled the start, youngsters (and their helpful parents) round up some of the 524 eggs placed by the sponsoring organizations.

Shortly after a horn signaled the start, youngsters (and their helpful parents) round up some of the 524 eggs placed by the sponsoring organizations.

Leaving no stone unturned

Leaving no stone unturned

Seemingly hopping down the bunny trail, a young "hunter" eyeballs the shrubbery.

Seemingly hopping down the bunny trail, a young “hunter” eyeballs the shrubbery.

Nothing says "spring fashion" quite like a splash of pink and just the right accessories.

Nothing says “spring fashion” quite like a splash of pink and just the right accessories.

Clear skies, sunshine and the Penn College mascot blessed Sunday’s first-ever Wildcat Egg Hunt, held on the Victorian House lawn and the adjacent grounds of the Thompson Professional Development Center. Organized by the college’s Veterans Club and Adult Learners, with hope the hunt will grow into a campus tradition, the family-friendly event featured searches geared to children in four age groups – 0-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12 – as well as prizes and refreshments.

Penn College Women’s Tennis Season to Begin

Other than the Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s tennis team starting its season with a win, Mother Nature again was the big winner last week as a host of events either were postponed or canceled. And this week, barring more weather-related disruptions, the women’s tennis team will get its season underway.

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Penn College Welcomes New Employee

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Penn College Students Among Top 10 Finishers at Landscape Event

Traveling from Penn College to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds for PLANET Student Career Days are (front row, from left) Mikhala J. Umstead, of Williamsport; alumnus Ronald A. Burger; Emily M. Schmidt, of Muncy; Elliot C. Redding, of Aspers; Kenneth E. Zeager Jr., of Bainbridge; Seth J. Wyncoll, of Kempton; and instructor/alumnus Carl J. Bower Jr.; and (back row from left) Joshua T. Posey, of York Haven; Kyle M. Richardson, of Hopewell, N.J.; and Ashton N. Rockwell, of Greencastle.

Horticulture students from Pennsylvania College of Technology finished in the top 10 of three categories in the Professional Landscape Network’s 39th annual Student Career Days held in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The eight-member Penn College contingent competed in 14 landscape-related contests during the March 11-15 event, in addition to visiting the career fair, and networking with more than 800 students and numerous industry professionals from across the country. Traveling with the group were instructor/1993 alumnus Carl J. Bower Jr. and 1978 graduate Ronald A. Burger, an Alumni Mentorship Award winner in 2013.

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Penn College Grad Honored With Industry Group’s Inaugural Award

Penn College alumnus Jeremy L. Thorne holds his Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, presented by PLANET President Jim McCutcheon. (Photo by Philippe Nobile Photography)

An alumnus of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s landscape/horticulture program was recently honored with the first Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Professional Landscape Network.

Jeremy L. Thorne, who graduated in May 2013 with degrees in the landscape technology and plant production emphases of the college’s two-year ornamental horticulture major (since renamed landscape/horticulture technology), was presented with the award during PLANET’s Student Career Days competition at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Gallery Exhibit Crosses Boundary Lines of Land, Water

Scanned and digitally colored images comprise the artist's "A Difficult Nature" series.

Scanned and digitally colored images comprise the artist’s “A Difficult Nature” series.

Photographer Robin Germany speaks about the combination of ecology and philosophy that informs her art.

Photographer Robin Germany speaks about the combination of ecology and philosophy that informs her art.

"Sim-Biotic" continues through April 23.

“Sim-Biotic” continues through April 23.

Faculty members discuss the pinhole peek provided by Germany's "On the Brink" photos.

Faculty members discuss the pinhole peek provided by Germany’s “On the Brink” photos.

The crowd – including gallery manager Penny G. Lutz (right), colorfully dressed to complement the exhibition – listens to the artist's remarks.

The crowd – including gallery manager Penny G. Lutz (right), colorfully dressed to complement the exhibition – listens to the artist’s remarks.

Scores of patrons visited “Sim-Biotic,” a unique exhibition of nature photographs by Robin Germany that officially opened Thursday with an artist’s talk and reception in The Gallery at Penn College. The free exhibit continues through April 23 on the third floor of Madigan Library. Public hours are 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The gallery will be closed April 3-5.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Amateur Manicurists’ Handiwork Raises More Than $640 for Charity

Phi Mu Delta's Dakotah J. Hewston, a renewable energy technologies major from Dingmans Ferry, diligently plies his craft.

Phi Mu Delta’s Dakotah J. Hewston, a renewable energy technologies major from Dingmans Ferry, diligently plies his craft.

A young member of the Class of Whenever joins in the philanthropic fun.

A young member of the Class of Whenever joins in the philanthropic fun.

Brothers in arms, joined at check-in, are (from left) Nicholas S. Choiniere, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Millbury, Mass.; Michael L. Spear, of Erie, information technology: network specilaist concentration; Semeon R. DeBarros, Rosedale, N.Y., applied management; and Alexander R. Wetzel, an industrial and human factors design student from Sunbury. Choiniere and Spear are from Sigma Nu, DeBarros from Sigma Pi, and Wetzel (president of the Inter-Fraternity Council) represents Phi Mu Delta.

Brothers in arms, joined at check-in, are (from left) Nicholas S. Choiniere, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Millbury, Mass.; Michael L. Spear, of Erie, information technology: network specilaist concentration; Semeon R. DeBarros, Rosedale, N.Y., applied management; and Alexander R. Wetzel, an industrial and human factors design student from Sunbury. Choiniere and Spear are from Sigma Nu, DeBarros from Sigma Pi, and Wetzel (president of the Inter-Fraternity Council) represents Phi Mu Delta.

Second-shift custodian Sandra L. Miele encourages Michael A. Coletti, a Sigma Pi member and technology management major from Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

Second-shift custodian Sandra L. Miele encourages Michael A. Coletti, a Sigma Pi member and technology management major from Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

Penn College’s second annual “Man-i-Cures” fundraiser, in which fraternity brothers paint fingernails for a cause, resulted in $642 in contributions to be shared by six charities. For a $5 donation during the two-day event, each “salon” patron could pick his or her color based on the chosen charity: purple for suicide prevention, for which $172 was raised; pink for breast cancer prevention, $127; teal for sexual assault awareness, $117; blue for Autism Speaks, $82; gold for the THON fight against pediatric cancer, $82; red for AIDS Resource, $62. Eyewitness News reporter Valerie Tysanner visited the Bush Campus Center for a piece that premiered Tuesday evening and was aired several more times throughout the news cycle.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer, and Morgan N. Keyser, a graphic design major from Cogan Station

Youngsters Stave Off Decay, Burn Off Energy

Brittany N. Hall, of York, with a young patient who just had sealants placed

The 13th annual Sealant Saturday event, held March 21 in Penn College’s dental clinic, was very successful (and busy). Dental hygiene students provided free services to 56 children between the ages of 6 and 15, and placed 290 sealants. All children also received a fluoride varnish treatment. In the real world, a dental sealant costs $35 to 60 per tooth, so, if you do the math, more than $10,000 worth of free care was provided to help the fight against tooth decay! Downstairs, meanwhile, students in a Pediatric Nursing class staffed a variety of stations in the atrium of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. Sealant Saturday participants and their siblings were invited to stations with painting, Play-Doh, puzzles, chess, Twister, coloring and gymnastics, filling the ATHS atrium with music and fun. (Requirements were that the activities be age-appropriate and not involve video screens.) Youngsters also received prizes, such as Penn College water bottles and lanyards, courtesy of President Davie Jane Gilmour’s office.

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Financial Aid Office to Offer Free FAFSA Completion Session

The Financial Aid Office at Pennsylvania College of Technology will offer a free session on the main campus in Williamsport in April to help students, prospective students and families complete the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The session will be held on Tuesday, April 7, in Room 1049 of Penn College’s Student & Administrative Services Center (the building adjacent to the large American flag at the college’s main entrance off Maynard Street).

The session will begin at 4:30 p.m. Attendees are invited to complete and submit their 2015-16 FAFSAs using the center’s computers before the session ends at 7 p.m. Financial Aid Office staff will assist attendees as needed with the online FAFSA completion process.

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‘BeadforLife’ Sale Returns to Bush Campus Center

BeadforLife sale in CC lobby

BeadforLife sale in CC lobby

The Student Activities Office hosted a BeadforLife sale from noon-5 p.m. daily this past week in the Bush Campus Center lobby, igniting opportunities for women living on less than a dollar a day to become self-sufficient entrepreneurs, finding within themselves the power to transform their lives. A variety of beautiful jewelry and shea butter items were available for purchase in the BeadforLife marketplace in support of sustainable businesses for women in Uganda.
Photo by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

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Bake-Sale Orders Due Friday From Limited Easter Menu

Pre-orders are being accepted through noon Friday for the Advanced Patisserie Operations class’s popular Easter bake sale. Student managers for the sale, to be held from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday in Le Jeune Patissier at the Market (in the West Third Street hallway of the Carl Building Technologies Center), are Rachel C. Cooper, of Bangor; Autumn E. MacInnis, of Trout Run; and Jeremy R. Sheets, of Hughesville. Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, said many additional items will be available on the day of the sale for those who wish to visit and wait in line; there will be a separate pre-order pickup line for those who need to “get in and get out.” A product list follows: Bake Sales

Small-Group Discussions Reflect Big-Picture Import of Health Care Collaboration

Whit Worman, director of Penn College's physician assistant program, facilitates a discussion that includes Kyle G. Stavinski, an emergency medical services major from Elysburg (left) and physican assistant student Kevin Z. Richardson, of Williamsport.

Whit Worman, director of Penn College’s physician assistant program, facilitates a discussion that includes Kyle G. Stavinski, an emergency medical services major from Elysburg (left) and physican assistant student Kevin Z. Richardson, of Williamsport.

Scott A. Geist (left foreground), director of the surgical technology program, and Cletus G. Waldman Jr. (right-center), clinical director of radiography, engage their roundtable participants.

Scott A. Geist (left foreground), director of the surgical technology program, and Cletus G. Waldman Jr. (right-center), clinical director of radiography, engage their roundtable participants.

Heather S. Dorman, clinical director of physician assistant, lays out a scenario during the interactive exercise.

Heather S. Dorman, clinical director of physician assistant, lays out a scenario during the interactive exercise.

Mark A. Trueman (center), director of paramedic technology programs at the college, follows the flowing conversation.

Mark A. Trueman (center), director of paramedic technology programs at the college, follows the flowing conversation.

As part of an event that spanned northeastern and northcentral Pennsylvania and involved more than 1,000 students at various locations across the region, the sixth annual Collaborative Care Summit convened at Penn College on Wednesday. Nineteen dedicated  faculty/staff facilitators from a variety of health professions, including physicians, led discussions in the Bush Campus Center among students from several colleges and universities who are pursuing studies in a wide range of health disciplines. The Collaborative Care Summit is arranged by the Northeastern/Central Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition – of which Sharon K. Waters, associate dean of health sciences, is a member. Waters coordinated the Penn College event, and co-presented the opening session with Dr. Keith Shenberger, Susquehanna Health TCMC, which brought together about 100 students from Penn College, Lock Haven University, Wilkes University and The Commonwealth Medical College. The students participated in roundtable discussions of a medical case, learning from one another how each discipline contributes to a patient’s care. “The goal of interprofessional learning is to prepare all health professions students for deliberatively working together, with the goal of building a safer and better patient-centered and community-orientated health care system,” Waters explained. “It was impressive to hear what each student contributed to the interprofessional discussion and rewarding to know our students are being prepared to work  as a collaborative team toward quality patient care.” Student participants represented 10 professions, from paramedic to pharmacy to medicine to nursing. Simultaneous events were held in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre at Marywood University, The Commonwealth Medical College, The University of Scranton, Kings College and Misericordia University.

Alexander Dealerships to Hold On-Campus Information Session

Employer on campus

Employer on campus

The Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships will hold an information session for Penn College students and alumni at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 110 of the Parkes Automotive Technology Center. For details on the information sessions, including open positions and the applicable academic majors, consult the Career Services’ flier: Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships

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